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Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive NFL Hall of Fame Legends

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Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive NFL Hall of Fame Legends

The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 by Art Rooney and ownership has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. The Steelers are the heart of the city of Pittsburgh and the team has prided itself upon the defensive legends who have worn the black & gold through the ages. As one of the NFL’s flagship teams, the Steelers have won more Super Bowl titles than any other AFC or NFC team. Steeler Nation stretches far and wide around the world and you will not find a more devoted following of fans for a team in all of professional sports. The Steelers boast the third most primary inductees into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here, I have featured the Steelers legendary defensive players who have been elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. This is a limited edition print and each print will be personally signed and numbered. This would make the ultimate gift for any Steeler fan and you could even take it down to training camp this summer and get the future Hall of Famers to sign. The players from top to bottom include; Mel Blount, Rod Woodson, Jack Butler, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Ernie Stautner & Jack Ham.

I created a limited edition painting featuring the Steelers defensive Hall of Fame legends. It only seemed fair to include the offensive legends of the black & gold as well. The players from left to right include; Terry Bradshaw, John Henry Johnson, Lynn Swann, Dermontti Dawson, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Bill Dudley, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Bobby Layne & Mike Webster.

Take a few moments to watch the incredible Steelers video I have included by clicking on the link below. The video is called “A Steelers Wing in the Hall of Fame” and I guarantee it will leave you with goosebumps and may even make your eyes water as we remember these great players from our past in the Steel City.

“A Steelers Wing in the Hall of Fame”

Click the link below to the Steelers Art section of my fine art website to view my collection of limited edition Steelers paintings.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Steelers Art

 

 

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In January, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper”, Dion & the Belmonts, Frankie Sardo, Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch set out on a 24 day tour barnstorming the Midwest. It became the most infamous tour in rock-n-roll history. The tour was a complete catastrophe from the beginning. Shows zigzagged through several towns and states during one of the worst winters the Midwest had experienced in decades. The musicians crammed into a drafty bus to perform in small ballrooms and theatres. By the time the tour had come to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly had enough and decided to charter a plane for himself, Allsup and Jennings for their next scheduled appearance in Fargo, North Dakota. At the last minute, Jennings gave up his seat to the “Big Bopper” who had the flu and Allsup lost his seat to Ritchie Valens with the flip of a coin. It was a night that burned bright with some of rock-n-roll’s greatest songs and brightest stars, but would ultimately end in tragedy. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, the “Big Bopper” and pilot, Roger Peterson were all killed when their plane crashed shortly after take-off from nearby Mason City Municipal Airport. That day was forever immortalized as “The Day the Music Died” written by Don McLean in his 1972 anthem “American Pie”. For many, the tour and subsequent crash symbolically marked the end of a period of rock-n-roll, the innocence was forever lost.

Click the link below to the Celebrity Art section of my fine art website to purchase this limited edition print honoring three rock and roll music legends.

Steel City Artist Illustrations – Celebrity & Music Art

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